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WHERE IS THE WEST IN ALL THIS?

Opposition leaders have been urging the EU and the United States to impose sanctions on top Ukrainian officials and Yanukovych’s financial backers, but so far Western diplomats have only threatened sanctions and issued harsh statements. Hundreds of activists rallied outside the EU office in Kiev on Monday, chanting “We need your help!” in English and holding posters that read “No sanctions, no peace.”

“The reaction of the international community has been inadequate,” said Valeriy Chalyi, head of the Razumkov Center think tank. “We are talking about Ukraine’s independence. And if one does not understand this today, tomorrow it will be too late.”

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Yuras Karmanau contributed to this report.